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Obama issues disaster declaration for quake

President Barack Obama declared California a major disaster site Thursday, unlocking federal funds for recovery efforts in the areas affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa last month.

U.S. strikes are a first step of long campaign

WASHINGTON — By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants’ momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the greater Mideast. Those are key steps toward Obama’s stated goal of eventually destroying the extremist group.

Sept. 11 remembered amid renewed threat

NEW YORK — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused today to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.

Health officials go to court to stop man with HIV

SEATTLE — In a very unusual step, King County public health officials have gone to court to try to stop a man with HIV who has infected eight partners in the past four years from infecting others.

FEMA wants Sandy aid repaid

NEW YORK — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims.

Hamas ready to talk to Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban.

Older Americans struggle with student debt

WASHINGTON — Student loan debt isn’t just a problem for the young. A small, but growing percentage of seniors struggle to pay back education debt — tens of thousands even seeing their Social Security benefits offset when they cannot make payments.

Dad to be charged with murder of 5 kids

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A South Carolina man killed his five children, ages 1 to 8, then dumped their bodies wrapped in trash bags in a secluded clearing along a rural road in Alabama, authorities said today.

Trout rival chimps at choosing good allies, study finds

Don’t play games with the coral trout — it might just outmaneuver you. These fish appear to be just as skilled as chimpanzees at picking the best, most able allies to help them nab some food, new research shows.

Half of North American birds facing decline

Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday.

CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

WASHINGTON, D.C — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said today.

U.S. job growth slows to 142K

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in eight months in August, snapping a streak of robust gains and surprising analysts because recent reports had suggested that the economy was steadily improving.

Communication errors cited in friendly-fire deaths in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Communication errors by troops on the ground and in the air led to the deaths of five American soldiers and one Afghan during a June battle with insurgents in southern Afghanistan, a Pentagon investigation concluded in a report released Thursday.

Judge: BP’s ‘reckless conduct’ caused Gulf oil spill

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge has ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” resulted in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 people and spilled more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Court grants plea in health care case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling today that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president’s health care law.

Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies

NEW YORK — Police handcuffed several protesters in New York and Detroit today as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.